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#Factoid: A human being consumes about 1 million food calories per year. Or about 2 billion tonnes of grain worldwide.

Typical daily caloric intake for an adult is about 2,500 food calories (kilocalories) per day.

With 365-point-something days in a year, that works out to 913,105 calories a year, so let's just round up to a million (2,738 kcal/day).

At 4 kcal/g of carbohdrate (cho), this means you'd eat about 250 kg of straight carbohdrate per year (or 0.7 kg/day, or about 5 kg/week).

With, again roughly, 8 billion people on Earth, then we do some simple maths and find that total grain consumption would be on the order of about 2 billion tonnes/yr.

In practice, this is modified by other macronutrient intake (protein and fats, at 4 kcal/g and 9 kcal/g respectively), their ratios (40/30/30 cho/pro/fat are relatively typical) and their own feedsources (animal proteins and fats tend to consume a lot of base ag production). And there's wastage and other non-food usage.

Though it turns out that Our World In Data reports for 2018 a global grain production of 2.7 billion tonnes:
ourworldindata.org/agricultura

#food #estimation #EnvelopeMaths #NapkinMaths

My uncle just finished 1.6 kg, 700 pages long dictionary of Northern Sami, a language spoken by around 20,000 speakers.

Sami are an indigenous people who have inhabited large parts of Northern Europe spanning from Russia to Norway for millenniums.

He has dedicated his life to advocate for their rights and preserve their languages and culture. This book is a major contribution in an effort to ensure that this ancient language will be passed on to future generations.

"Decentralized" systems are susceptible to catastrophic failure if every node runs the same software created by a single entity. Open Source doesn't change this. *Social* decentralization and diverse implementations for a protocol provide better resilience and distributed agency.

A JOY FROM BIRBSITE. Someone commissioned an artist named Clayton Cross to carve him a Columbo "just one more thing" statue!

"Large cloud providers are very competent and never go down", episode over9000.

#sysadmin

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Just saw this:

"A pizza is basically a real-time pie chart of how much pizza is left..."

tired: computers are problem solving tools.
wired: computers are problem generating tools.
inspired: computers are problem probleming problems

#TiredWiredInspired

Today is Prickle-Prickle, the 55th day of Bureaucracy in the YOLD 3187 #ddate

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